ROADWORTHINESS INSPECTIONS – BAHAMAS
This contracted assignment with the Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality (BBSQ) involves the conducting of pre- export road worthiness inspection of used motor vehicles from Japan, United Kingdon, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates destined for use within the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
This enables only roadworthy and environmentally friendly vehicles to enter the country, thereby ensuring that the Bahamas does not become a dumping ground for poor quality used vehicles.
Right-hand or left-hand drive vehicles are allowed into the Bahamas. There is an age restriction of less than 10 years for Cars, Motorcycles and Light Commercial vehicles, and less than 12 years for Commercial Vehicles (exceeding 3,000 kg). In addition, a pre-shipment roadworthiness inspection is required for all imports.
FAQ FOR THE BAHAMAS INSPECTIONS
Vehicle age limits
- Cars, Motorcycles and Light Commercial: Less than10 years
- Commercial Vehicles (exceeding 3,000 kg): Less than 12 years
- Can be either right-hand or left-hand drive
- Relative to Japan and UAE Exports only
- Must pass an emissions test
- Conform to the Bahamas National Standard (BNS) 2019
The inspection fees (payable directly to EAA) will be:
- Japan - USD$150 (converted to ¥19,000)
- United Kingdom - USD$200 (converted to £155.00)
- Singapore - USD$150 (converted to S$250.00)
- United Arab Emirates - USD$150 (converted to AED550)
Pre-Shipment inspection will commence, in the stated Countries of export, from the 1st of March 2019
The Bahamas Ministry of Labour and the Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality (BBSQ) have advised no on-arrival inspections will be carried out in the Bahamas.
All used vehicle imports from Japan, Singapore, UK and UAE arriving on or after the stated date must be pre-inspected and complied in the Country of origin.
- If shipping records show that your vehicle left Japan, Singapore, UK or the UAE prior to the 1st of March 2019, your vehicle will be accepted for registration and allowed entry.
- If your vehicle was shipped on or after the 1st of March 2019 from Japan, Singapore, UK or UAE, and arrives without a Certificate of Compliance (COC) from EAA, your vehicle will be refused entry into the Bahamas and will need to be re-exported.